Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an off-the-beaten-path travel destination that you should not overlook. This breathtaking area of the country features rocky cliffs, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests that make for a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities.

This unique region offers natural scenery, plenty of outdoor activities, and a friendly small-town vibe. Whether you’re in search of lakeside solitude or a weekend filled with adventure, the Upper Peninsula has something for everyone.

Ready to start planning? Check out this helpful travel guide for all the details on what to see and do in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!

What to Do in the Upper Peninsula

Here are some of the top activities to try in the Upper Peninsula. 


Take to the trails! If you’re looking for a beautiful patch of nature to call your own, check out the Upper Peninsula’s hiking trails. With more than 600 miles of trails throughout the region, there’s always something new to discover. 

Be sure to check trail conditions before heading out; after all, safety first! Also, keep in mind that many trails in the woods are marked with a blaze, a small horizontal mark burned onto a tree. Simply follow these marks if you’re out on the trails and need help finding your way.

Kayaking And Canoeing

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, grab your kayak or canoe and hit the water! After all, there’s nothing quite like exploring the local waterways. 

If you’re a novice paddler, be sure to check out a guided tour. With thousands of miles of rivers and streams, there are plenty of options for kayakers and canoeists alike.  

Fishing And Boating

The Upper Peninsula is home to several top-notch fishing spots for fishing enthusiasts, including Lake Michigan and Lake Gogebic, making it the perfect place to drop a fishing line or hop in a boat.

The best time for fishing in the upper peninsula is from Spring and Summer, so get your tackle box ready!

Boat rentals: Superior Pontoon Rentals or Daybreak Charters

Pro tip: Before you go fishing in Michigan, be sure to get your state fishing license.

Hunting and Wildlife Viewing

The Upper Penisula is also known for its abundance of wildlife, making it the perfect place to hunt or find a place to view wildlife. There are options for hunters in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, home to black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, and other species.

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Sledding

Located just outside Marquette, Mont Ripley is your one-stop shop for winter fun. Explore miles of trails on foot or rent skis, snowboards, and sleds to hit the slopes. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, check out Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort


Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! Grab your snowmobile and hit the trails if you love the great outdoors. With miles of trails in the region, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun.

Guided tour: Munising Snowmobile Rentals or Country Wide Adventures.

Fat Tire Biking

If you’re looking for even more adventure, try fat tire biking! Snow biking is a unique experience, and it’s perfect for adventurous souls looking for new ways to explore the Upper Peninsula. 

Described as “part biking, part horseback riding, and 100% fun,” fat tire biking is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the Upper Peninsula in winter!

Rent a fat tire bike: Keweenaw Adventure Company


Snowmobiling and fat-tire biking are perfect for adrenaline junkies. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, grab your cross country skis or snowshoes. There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore, so get your winter boots ready!

Free guided tours: Tahquamenon Falls State Park 

Ice Caves

Just when you thought winter couldn’t get any more awesome, Mother Nature comes along and makes ice caves possible. Lake Superior freezes over during the winter months, forming unique caverns of blue-green ice!  Check out Eben Ice Caves or The Curtains – Ice Climbing Wall

Guided tour: Lake Superior Ice Cave Tours 

Best time to visit: Late December through early March

What to See in the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula’s natural scenery is truly unrivaled. The Upper Peninsula is full of hidden gems just waiting to be explored. 

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Located on Lake Superior’s shoreline, these lakeside cliffs offer stunning views of the surrounding forest and lake.  Be sure to check out the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs.
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park: This park is home to the 2nd largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, plunging more than 50 feet into a gorge below.
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: With stunning views of Lake Superior’s shoreline, this state park features miles of hiking trails and plenty of caves, waterfalls, and campgrounds. 

Where to Stay in the Upper Peninsula

If you need somewhere to stay while visiting the Upper Penninsula in Michigan, you’ll want to check out the options below. 

Hotels and Resorts

Are you looking for a hotel? Your best bet is to check out the Upper Peninsula’s many resorts.  They’re more than happy to help with planning your stay. Try Northwoods Resort or Northern Nights Resort

Bed and Breakfast

If you’re searching for something a little more low-key, try a bed and breakfast. These inns offer home comforts, warm hospitality, and local charm.

Be sure to check out local bed and breakfasts such as the Dapple Gray B & B and Antiques, Big Bay Point Lighthouse B & B, and Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast.


When it comes to camping, the options are endless. There’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars in the Upper Peninsula’s lush forests. 

You will have no trouble finding the perfect place to pitch a tent, whether you are looking for a secluded spot by a remote lake or a campground with all the amenities.

With more than 140 camping areas throughout the Upper Peninsula, there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from. Our favorites include:

  • Straits State Park 
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park
  • The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

If you’re looking for an RV experience, check out Sunset Bay RV Resort & Campground

What to Eat in the Upper Peninsula

Here are some of the best foods to eat in the Upper Peninsula. 


One of the favorite things to eat in this area is the pastie. If you haven’t tried one yet, you haven’t lived! This regional specialty is similar to a pot pie filled with beef, potatoes, onions, rutabagas, and seasoning. They can be served hot or cold and are perfect for lunch on the go.

Where to find pasties: Stop by Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs, Wildwood Pasties, or the Taste of the Upper Peninsula.


Another must-try is whitefish, a freshwater fish that can be served pan-fried or baked. It’s light, flaky, and just plain delicious.

Where to find whitefish: Stop by Brown Fisheries Fish House (open seasonally) or Grand Marais Tavern.

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful travel destination, be sure to add Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to your list. With plenty of outdoor activities and stunning natural scenery, this region is perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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